The year got away from me, as it did with many of us, and so I found myself on the 15th wondering when it had become October. The weather in the area was unseasonably warm, so I just kind of kept the summer going in my head, only to be blindsided by Autumn mid-month. It wasn’t so much the seasonal change that bothered me, it was the fact that I wasn’t focused as I should have be
I forgot about Preptober.
Preptober is where you get ready for NaNoWriMo. If you think I sound like a crazy person, read the next section. If you know what I’m talking about, skip ahead one.
NaNoWriMo (NaNo) stands for National Novel Writing Month, which is in November. The goal, though the website, is to pen 50k words in a month, leaving you a “winner” with a little bookie-book at the end of it. It’s fun and pushes you to write. “Preptober” is the month of October, when you prepare for NaNo.
Anyway, I did it in 2019 and ended up a winner, with a nice little novella. Then in 2020 the world stopped, so I figured no problem! I went hard in planning during October and was raring to go on the 1st of the month. Alas, on the 8th I broke my finger, and dashed all dreams of getting a book out of it. This year, I shall try again.
But I haven’t touched my outlines.
I’m so behind. I have a workbook that helps me prepare and I have two weeks of exercises to look over. On the up side, it’s the same project I worked on last year so much of it is already done, but I need to familiarize myself with everything again. I have to get my head back in the book, so to speak.
I suppose the key to it all is to not stress myself out. For instance, just thinking to myself that I already have so much more prepared for this novel than I did for the last when I started it makes me feel at ease. I have a game plan; a script to work from. It will make everything that much easier.
So, for the next two weeks, I will be reacquainting myself with my book, and bonding with my characters, and dreaming of my settings. Then, on Monday, November 1st, I will tap tap tap away on my keyboard, and hope I don’t smash my finger in a folding chair again.